What ”Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet” Means

March 8, 2008 – 2:48 PM

The phrase “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet …” appears in Microsoft Word 2002 online Help. It appears in the Help topic “About tracked changes and comments.” This phrase has the appearance of an intelligent Latin idiom. Actually, it is nonsense. Although the phrase is nonsense, it does have a long history. The phrase has been used for several centuries by typographers to show the most distinctive features of their fonts. It is used because the letters involved and the letter spacing in those combinations reveal, at their best, the weight, design, and other important features of the typeface.


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